Providing a survey of colonial American history both regionally broad and "Atlantic" in coverage, Converging Worlds presents the most recent research in an accessible manner for undergraduate students.

With chapters written by top-notch scholars, Converging Worlds is unique in providing not only a comprehensive chronological approach to colonial history with attention to thematic details, but a window into the relevant historiography. Each historian also selected several documents to accompany their chapter, found in the companion primary source reader.

Converging Worlds: Communities and Cultures in Colonial America includes:

  • timelines tailored for every chapter
  • chapter summaries
  • discussion questions
  • lists of further reading, introducing students to specialist literature
  • fifty illustrations.

Key topics discussed include:

  • French, Spanish, and Native American experiences
  • regional areas such as the Midwest and Southwest
  • religion including missions, witchcraft, and Protestants
  • the experience of women and families.

With its synthesis of both broad time periods and specific themes, Converging Worlds is ideal for students of the colonial period, and provides a fascinating glimpse into the diverse foundations of America.

For additional information and classroom resources please visit the Converging Worlds companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415964999.

chapter |10 pages


part |8 pages

PART II Regions

chapter 4|26 pages

The Chesapeake Bay

chapter 5|28 pages

New England

chapter 7|32 pages

The Middle Colonies

chapter 8|22 pages

The Carolinas: Shaping of a Slave Society

part |8 pages


chapter 11|32 pages

The Slave Trade and Slavery

chapter 12|54 pages

Women, Family, and Gender

part |10 pages

PART IV Transformations

chapter 13|28 pages

American Backcountries

chapter 14|28 pages

Spiritual Awakenings

chapter 15|28 pages


chapter 16|28 pages

Ambitions: Expansion of New France

chapter 17|34 pages

French and Indian War